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'Psilocybin (magic mushrooms) will probably be legal for medical use in 3 years'

23 October 2020 3:29 PM
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Alcoholism
Psychology
Substance abuse
Trauma
drug policy
psilocybin mushrooms
Magic mushrooms
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psychedelics
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psychiatry
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Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Initiative of South Africa
Phatisa

Research has shown psychedelic drugs to be effective treatments for depression, alcoholism and anxiety, says Leonie Joubert.

Humans have used psychedelic drugs in spiritual practice for thousands of years.

The taboo against these mind-expanding class of drugs is to a large extent a modern phenomenon.

Recently, however, there’s been a resurgence in interest around using psychedelics to complement existing therapies, particularly for mood disorders, trauma and substance abuse.

Ancient humans knew what modern ones are starting to realise.

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Now, some medical professionals in South Africa are mobilising around the use of psychedelic drugs in therapy.

The “Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Initiative of South Africa” (Phatisa) seeks to explore the opportunities for using psychedelic drugs as treatments in a way that is affordable, safe and culturally appropriate.

Phatisa is geared towards psychiatrists, psychologists, general practitioners, nurses, counsellors, social workers, academics and researchers as well as drug policy- and legal experts working in this area.

Lester Kiewit interviewed science writer Leonie Joubert.

A lot of research from the 1940s and 1950s into the use of psychedelics for depression, alcoholism and anxiety have shown them to be very effective treatments. Unfortunately, the substances made their way into the recreational scene and were banned.

Leonie Joubert, science writer

Psilocybin will probably be legal for medical use in two or three years…

Leonie Joubert, science writer

There’s so much stigma still attached to these substances… Their use is still criminal… Even expressing interest could bring reputational risk…

Leonie Joubert, science writer

For more detail, listen to the interview in the audio below.


23 October 2020 3:29 PM
Tags:
Alcoholism
Psychology
Substance abuse
Trauma
drug policy
psilocybin mushrooms
Magic mushrooms
Psilocybin
psychedelics
psychedelic drugs
psychiatry
mood disorders
Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Initiative of South Africa
Phatisa

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